Boll & Branch's store at the Short Hills Mall in Millburn Township includes three beds decked out with the retailer's bedding and blankets; sheets hanging off a display for anyone to touch; and examples of cotton imported directly from the fields in India.What it doesn't have is inventory. More: Retail success: 6 clues to crack the mysteries More: 5 ways returning online purchases got easier "I think retail as it existed just doesn’t service people for today’s world," said Missy Tannen, co-founder of Boll & Branch. "We’ve tailored this to be about the experience. You come in, you learn about the brand, you feel it, be part of it, and then you don’t need to walk away with the product. You can just order online with our team.”The strategy is paying off. Summit-based Boll & Branch, a fast-growing e-commerce retailer, has used the store to build its brand and turbo-charge its sales. It plans to open 20 stores … [Read more...] about Boll & Branch store: Is this the future for malls as showrooms?
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This week marks my thirteen-year anniversary of living in Denver. So it seemed appropriate that almost by coincidence, I found myself at Barricuda's, a neighborhood bar that's been part of the city, unlike so many others, longer than me. When my roomie-to-be at the time and I were first looking for a place to live in Denver, we needed something cheap, so our options were almost exclusively basement apartments. We spent a lot of time attempting to secure one just up the block from Barricuda's, and hung out in the now-closed Whole Foods building just across the street (which was a Sunflower Market at the time) reading over actual print newspaper ads for rentals. We never did manage to find a place in Capitol Hill, instead opting for a cheaper and more spacious basement spot near Cheesman Park. But it was in those early days of my tenure here that I first experienced Barricuda's. The bar seemed to be nearly the same as I remembered; there was a fresh coat of paint, faux hardwood … [Read more...] about Barricuda’s Keeps Its Cool by Not Going LoDo in Capitol Hill
The main entrance exterior of The Melting Pot fondue restaurant shortly after opening at Crossgates Mall in Guilderland in 2008. The main entrance exterior of The Melting Pot fondue restaurant shortly after opening at Crossgates Mall in Guilderland in 2008. Photo: JAMES GOOLSBY Open: Solevo Kitchen & Social Club, 55 Phila St., Saratoga Springs. Restaurant inspired by Italian supper clubs in 1950s Las Vegas taking ground floor of Spencer Condominiums. Read more. Open: Solevo Kitchen & Social Club, 55 Phila St., Saratoga Springs. Restaurant inspired by Italian supper clubs in 1950s Las Vegas taking ground floor of Spencer Condominiums. Read more. Photo: Facebook @solevokitchenandsocial Open: Jay St. Pub, 118 Jay St., Schenectady. Facebook page touts a "small hometown pub." Read more. Open: Jay St. Pub, 118 Jay St., Schenectady. … [Read more...] about Melting Pot at Crossgates Mall closes
You’ll soon be able to shop like the 1 percent, New Jersey, at what is arguably the most exclusive department store in the country. Barneys New York, the luxury, 96-year-old Manhattan-based retailer will open a flagship store at American Dream.The store will span 50,000 square feet and two floors within The Collections, the luxury shopping area inside the 3 million-square-foot entertainment and shopping complex being built at the Meadowlands..It will also feature Freds at Barneys New York, the retailer’s Italian-inspired modern American restaurant. The eatery will be spread over both floors of the store and offer patio seating for open-air dining.This will be Barneys’ only New Jersey store, but it’s not its first-ever Garden State location. During a Chapter 11 bankruptcy restructuring, in 1996, Barneys closed a boutique store in Short Hills along with several other boutiques throughout the country and overseas.“We are thrilled to open our newest Barneys … [Read more...] about American Dream mega-mall will include luxury retailer Barneys’ new flagship store
Known for off-price brand-name merchandise, outlet malls have been a rare growth area for bricks-and-mortar retail since the 2008-09 recession and the explosion in popularity of online shopping.But even that Teflon category could be falling victim to the Amazon-ification of America, as several planned projects in metro Detroit have been scrapped or delayed and a once-popular outlet mall near Monroe has fallen into disrepair and is essentially dead. The national figures also show fewer outlet malls are opening this year than in 2015."Outlet centers are really strong performers during weak economic times. Now, people are looking at other options," said retail consultant Cindy Ciura, principal of CC Consulting in Bloomfield Hills. "And all of these outlet centers were announced when we were struggling a bit."In development circles, conventional wisdom holds that only about half of announced outlet … [Read more...] about Outlet malls losing steam as Michigan projects fall through